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Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8ER, UK.
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press release8/3/2007

Dyfi Valley residents are being offered the chance to "go and see" - to visit another community where people have come together to improve things. There is also £500 on offer to do something positive about climate change.

Machynlleth & District Local Community Forum is holding a public event on 13th March to discuss how to take advantage of support that is on offer from Powys County Council.

The first offer is aimed at showing how a community has achieved something that improves the quality of life for local people. Those attending the meeting on the 13th will choose an issue that's important for the Dyfi Valley. It will probably be one of those already identified in the Local Action Plan drawn up with Communities First.

Then, organisations involved in the Powys Community Strategy will help identify a successful project that the Dyfi Valley could learn from. The County Council will pay for some people to visit it - and they will also film the visit.

The delegates will then be in a position to help design similar solutions for the Dyfi Valley. These can be developed under the wing of the Local Community Forum and Bro Ddyfi Communities First.

The second offer is £500. This has to be spent on reducing energy wastage in the Dyfi Valley. The meeting will decide how to spend this, for example on providing more efficient lighting for a community building or on providing advice and support to householders.

There will be opportunities to build on existing local projects and expertise, for example the POWer energy advice project recently launched by the Bro Ddyfi Advice Centre. It may also be possible to tie in with projects managed by ecodyfi, such as the Community Energy Fund. This receives some of the income from Bro Dyfi Community Renewables' wind turbine at Cilgwyn, Pantperthog, and spends it on energy-saving measures such as free low energy light bulbs.

The public event will be held at Machynlleth Bowling Club on Tuesday 13th March at 7pm. All are welcome.

Further information:

  • Andy Rowland, ecodyfi Manager and Chair of the Machynlleth & District Local Community Forum 01654 703965

  • Cyril Evans, Bro Ddyfi Communities First Co-ordinator 01654 700315

  • Lowri Wyn Jones, Powys County Council Regeneration Officer 01938 551242

  • Gordon Hughes, Bro Ddyfi Advice Centre 01654 700192.